The Fall has been a great one for video game titles with major single-player campaigns including “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” and “Red Dead Redemption II” which have all been racing up the sales charts and scoring incredible reviews.
“Hitman 2” recently snagged superb reviews even if sales have been poor, a slight misfire like “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” is still highly regarded, and we still have the promise of the tornado-surfing action of “Just Cause 4” to come.
The multiplayer game front however has been a bit more uneven. “Forza Horizon 4” had incredibly strong reviews and great sales, but it’s one of the few that achieved highly on both fronts. “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” instantly became the year’s best-selling game and its omission of a single-player didn’t hurt it in the slightest popularity wise, even as critically it ran a little soft compared to the three predecessors in this sub-series.
That’s where the good news ends. “Destiny 2: Forsaken” had a superb critical reaction, but audiences aren’t buying it either in polls or sales. Now the scores for both “Fallout 76” and “Battlefield V” are out and the outlook is not good.
“Fallout” is a franchise built on its single-player campaign status, but “Fallout 76” attempts an online multiplayer title. It didn’t work, in fact the game is one of the most panned AAA game releases in recent memory with the game scoring a disastrous 50/100 on Metacritic for both consoles. Critics complain there’s no real purpose to the game along with numerous design and technical issues, and the game’s prices have already been slashed for Black Friday despite being released a week ago.
The verdict is rosier for “Battlefield V” which is hovering at the better but still low 75-79/100 mark on Metacritic, considerably down on the high 80s scores of “Battlefield 1” and low-mid 80s of “Battlefield 4,” with the number coming in close to or just above the not well-regarded “Battlefield: Hardline”. Reviews call it unfinished and too slim to be worth the money at this point.
The release of “Just Cause 4” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” the week after next marks the last major AAA titles for 2018 with nothing much on that front until the “Resident Evil 2” remaster and “Kingdom Hearts III” in January followed by “Anthem,” “Matro Exodus,” “Crackdown 3,” “Trials Rising” and “Dead or Alive 6” in February; “Devil May Cry 5,” “The Divison 2” and “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” in March and “Days Gone” in April.